Rhiannon Wind Farm (Round 3 Irish Sea Zone)
Previously Celtic Array were proposing to develop an offshore wind farm, called Rhiannon Wind Farm, in the Irish Sea Zone. At its closest point, Rhiannon would have been located approximately 19km from Anglesey, 34km from the Isle of Man and 60km from the Cumbrian coast.
The application was expected to be submitted to the UK Planning Inspectorate in Autumn 2014. Prior to this a Stage 2 consultation on the Preliminary Environmental Information took place in Spring 2014 and the Isle of Man Government submitted a response to the stage 2 consultation on the Preliminary Environmental Information on 21 May 2014.
However in August 2014, it was announced that Centrica plc and DONG Energy have jointly decided to cease development of wind farms in the Irish Sea Zone through their 50/50 joint venture vehicle Celtic Array Limited (“Celtic Array”). The decision to stop development comes as a result of an assessment of the Zone, which has confirmed challenging ground conditions that make the project economically unviable with current technology.